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Liz and Gaynor’s story

Every year, our team dedicate their time to care for local people, and their loved ones, living with a terminal illness at Christmas.

Gaynor and Liz, Healthcare Assistants in our St Giles Hospice at Home team, have cared for patients on Christmas day for nearly 20 years, but working over the Christmas period comes as no chore to them.

As part of the Hospice at Home team, Gaynor and Liz will be visiting terminally ill patients on Christmas Day, to help them manage their condition, provide pain relief and support their loved ones

Gaynor said “I’ve worked at St Giles for 16 years and have worked every Christmas Day – for some families we support, the day is full of festivities, but we see the other side too.

Throughout the day I’ll experience the sadness and pain of people who just can’t get into the Christmas spirit because of what they’re going through. Sometimes it is simply about getting through the day.”

Liz said: “Christmas really makes you appreciate what you have, and I am privileged to witness patients celebrating in whatever way they can with loved ones despite their heartaches. It’s a very emotional time for the families, as many will be sharing their last Christmas together, so it’s important that we do what we can to make sure people have something to hold on to and remember forever.”

“Please do play the St Giles Hospice Christmas Raffle. Your generous support is greatly appreciated by our patients, and their loved ones, and it makes an incredible difference at the most difficult of times. Thank you.”

Gaynor and Liz, Hospice at Home team

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How your support has helped other families 

“I’d urge everyone to support St Giles. The work they do is fantastic – it’s such a brilliant place.”

Gillian and David, daughter and son of the late Beryl MacNulty.

“Even though we all felt the sadness of parting, we were in a place filled with love and happiness.”

Sarah Bentley, daughter of the late Ollie Atkins.

“St Giles helped us make Christmas memories I will cherish forever.”

Rebecca, daughter of the late Sandra Horton

“Dad received truly unique care. The sense of security, safety and love was just a massive relief – it was incredible.”

Claire and Melanie, daughters of the late Chas Chandler